How to
write a good personal statement

A personal statement should be just that – personal. It should be a genuine expression of your character, interests and ambitions. That said, if you stick to a few basic rules of good writing, you can produce something that looks professional and shows you in a good light.

Here are some tips to get started:

  • Structure your statement: start with a strong opening paragraph, support each point with evidence and end with a powerful conclusion.
  • Tell us about your passion for your subject area: why do you want to study it? What attracted you to the programme you are applying for? What do you hope to do after graduation? Why have you chosen Regent’s?
  • What have you done that shows your interest in this subject area? What subjects did you choose to study? Have you done work experience? Voluntary work? Personal study?
  • Tell us more about yourself – your goals, hobbies and achievements. How will these make you a great fit for the programme?

Then:

  • Edit, edit, edit. Make sure your statement meets the required word count.
  • Read your statement aloud. Are your sentences strong? Have you chosen powerful verbs and vibrant adjectives? Could you further refine your writing?
  • Check it one more time: have you used language that is too informal? Included a joke? Padded out the statement with bullet-point lists or repetition? Fix it!
  • Proofread. There should be no typos, spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. Get someone else to read it too. It often helps to print it out and read it on the page rather than on screen

Remember: if you apply though UCAS, and are applying to more than one UK university, you can only upload ONE personal statement. If this is the case, make sure you don’t mention any university or programme of study by name – just talk about your chosen subject area. The UCAS rules on length are also very strict: your statement must be no more than 4,000 characters or 47 lines long.

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